The ultimate wedding planning checklist

You are engaged – congratulations! Now you have a wedding to plan. Wedding planning can seem very daunting, but this ultimate wedding planning checklist will guarantee you a no-stress countdown to the big day.

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One year to go

Sit down with your other half and share your ideas for the wedding, as nothing makes wedding planning more tricky than differing ideas for the big day. The first big decision, according to WeddingWire, is the budget; after all, nothing can be planned if you don’t know what you can spend! After this, work out a guest list, research venues, and narrow down a wedding date.

10 months

Research suppliers and book entertainment. Start hunting for your wedding dress, book a photographer, and send out save the date cards to your guests.

8 months

Book a band or DJ for your reception and order your wedding cake. Contact decor hire companies if you want anything special for the ceremony. This is also the time to start booking a honeymoon if you want to go right after the wedding day.

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6 months

Order your wedding dress and book any musicians you want for the ceremony. Make sure your passport is in date for your honeymoon and encourage your friends to plan your hen and stag parties!

4 months

Book your wedding flowers, rent formalwear for the men, and sort out the legal requirements for the ceremony. Decide on music or readings. Organise hair and makeup trials. Sort out wedding transport. Choose the wedding guest dresses for the bridal party. You might want different gowns for the ceremony and the reception, preferring a more casual look from retailers such as

3 months

Send out invitations, attend dress fittings, and order the wedding rings. Buy your accessories and sort out your reception menu.

1 month

Make any final adjustments to your wedding dress, complete any wedding crafts, and finalise the ceremony details.

2 weeks

Finalise the guest count and table plan, and print place cards. Sort out any wedding day prep and pack for the reception. Pick up outfits and go through the ceremony details with the wedding party. Sort out payments for final balances.

The day before

Check with vendors and provide emergency numbers. Get a good night’s sleep ready to enjoy your wedding day!